AIA Virginia welcomes Paul R. Battaglia, AIA as its new Executive Vice President. Battaglia, an architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, brings extensive experience in non-profit leadership to the organization. 

“I am eager to get to work with the organization that is the voice of both architects and the profession of architecture, and to collaborate with members of the Board of Directors and my staff colleagues to achieve the objectives of our strategic plan,” says Battaglia. “AIA Virginia acts across – and beyond – the Commonwealth to represent and refine the capabilities of the profession.”

Most recently, Battaglia served as a Principal at Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach, where he has worked since 2011. Prior to that, he held positions in several private architectural practice settings as well as in academic appointments for Hampton University, NC State University, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Battaglia has served in a leadership role for number of community-centered foundations and not-for-profit boards including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia MoCA), the Sandler Center Foundation, the Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation Board, the Greater Norfolk Corporation, and the Virginia Sea Grant External Advisory Board. For AIA Virginia, he presently chairs the Large Firm Roundtable and the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Battaglia lectures extensively across the state and around the country, often serving as a visiting juror for various schools of architecture. He received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech.

“We are thrilled Paul has decided to transition from private architectural practice to association management as he assumes the role of EVP. He brings vast experience and expertise in architecture and design, community engagement & outreach, and non-profit leadership to AIA Virginia,” says AIA Virginia president Robert L. Easter, FAIA. “His creative approach to problem solving and his vision for realizing ever-increasing opportunities for architects to enhance the built environment are a wonderful fit for the members of the AIA in Virginia and will benefit citizens across the Commonwealth.”


AIA Virginia is the statewide chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). With over 2,400 individual members, the professional society represents architects and allied design professionals in private practice, business, industry, government, and academia. AIA Virginia is the voice of the architecture profession in the Commonwealth, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment. Additional information is available at